UA Athletic Director on Hogs Loss to TCU

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - University of Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long took some tough questions Monday about TCU beating the Hogs at home on Saturday.

He spoke at the Little Rock Touchdown Club, where he talked about the past game and the present state of Razorback football.

Long arrived in the Capital City two days after the Hogs' suffered their first loss of the season, a 28-7 win for the Horned Frogs.

As poorly as the offense played, the Razorbacks were still in that game with about 7 minutes left, down 14-7. Terrible kicking from Cole Hedlund missing field goals from 23 and 20 yards.

Bret Bielema's overall record at Arkansas is back below 500. He's 26-and-27.

Long had this to say about the lack of progress.

"From my view, I eel for those, you know 120 football players, 'cause I know how hard they've worked. I know those coaches. So, you know, I feel badly for all of them and you know what, they'll keep working and they'll keep trying to get better and I think they will get better," he said.

The Hogs get a bye week this week then they're back on the field facing Texas A&M on Sept. 23 in Arlington.

As for the contract saying Arkansas will play one game in Little Rock through 2018? Long said the thought of buying out the contract was never discussed. The Hogs plan to play to an SEC game at War Memorial Stadium next season. 

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